The roof is a critical structural component of your home. When it needs repairs or replacement, how do you choose a roofer? To find the best, look for these qualities:
1. Fully Licensed and Insured
There are no state licensing requirements for roofers in Georgia. But, the Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association of Georgia (RSMCA) has a voluntary licensing program. To qualify, roofers have to pass business, safety, and technical knowledge exams. Proof of sufficient general liability insurance and workers’ compensation coverage is also required.
2. Expertise With Your Type of Roof
Your roofer should thoroughly understand your type of roofing. Manufacturer certifications are an easy way to judge expertise. Leading manufacturers only certify contractors who meet high knowledge and skill standards.
3. Local Presence and History
Well-established local roofers show a commitment to workmanship quality and customer satisfaction. They’re also invested in the community. They’re the exact opposite of storm chasers who arrive in town, do shoddy work, then move on.
4. Reliable and Accountable
Dependable roofing contractors don’t use subcontractors. Instead, they employ their own roof techs with the training and skills to do the job right.
5. Reputable and Trusted
The reputation of a local roofer is easy to verify. You’ll find positive reviews everywhere online. They’ll have testimonials from customers and references you can call. They’ll be mentioned when you ask for recommendations from neighbors, friends, and co-workers.
6. Communication Skills
A roofer’s ability and willingness to communicate is a characteristic you shouldn’t overlook. They should keep appointments, return calls, and respond to your questions and concerns.
7. On-Site Inspections
Some roofers don’t hesitate to give ballpark estimates over the phone. Conscientious contractors provide a thorough, no-cost inspection. They’ll go up on your roof and into your attic before giving you a quote.
8. Detailed Estimates
Trustworthy roofers provide a detailed bid and don’t ask for money up front. The quote will list all materials, detail the scope of the work, and show a line-by-line cost breakdown.
9. Fair and Honest Pricing
Reputable contractors won’t give you an unbelievably low bid or overcharge. Instead, you’ll receive a fair price based on an honest assessment of your needs. Their quote may be a bit higher, but the extra cost is worthwhile in terms of service and expertise.
Echols Home Improvements has built a six-decade-long reputation based on these qualities. Contact us today to see why we’re known as one of Atlanta’s best roofing contractors.
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